The impact of selecting different contrasts in phonological therapy

Dodd, Barbara, Crosbie, Sharon, McIntosh, Beth, Holm, Alison, Harvey, Cynthia, Liddy, Maureen, Fontyne, Kylie, Pinchin, Bernadette and Rigby, Helen (2008) The impact of selecting different contrasts in phonological therapy. International Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 10 5: 334-345. doi:10.1080/14417040701732590

Author Dodd, Barbara
Crosbie, Sharon
McIntosh, Beth
Holm, Alison
Harvey, Cynthia
Liddy, Maureen
Fontyne, Kylie
Pinchin, Bernadette
Rigby, Helen
Title The impact of selecting different contrasts in phonological therapy
Journal name International Journal of Speech Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1754-9507
Publication date 2008
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14417040701732590
Volume 10
Issue 5
Start page 334
End page 345
Total pages 11
Place of publication New York
Publisher Informa Healthcare-Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
170204 Linguistic Processes (incl. Speech Production and Comprehension)
Abstract Previous research indicates that the extent of progress made by children with phonological disorders depends upon the nature of the word pairs contrasted in therapy. For example, phonemes that differ maximally in terms of place, manner, voicing and sound class (e.g., fan - man) in comparison to therapy where the word pairs presented differ minimally (e.g., fan - van). To investigate the implications of target selection within a typical clinical context (as opposed to a rigorous research setting) eight speech-language pathologists implemented intervention with appropriate children from their caseloads. Nineteen children each received 6 hours of therapy over one school term. They were randomly allocated to two groups. One group (of nine children) received intervention based on a traditional minimal pair approach, targeting homonymy as well as distinctive feature contrast. The other group (ten children) received intervention targeting contrasts differing across a range of distinctive features. Children made considerable progress in therapy in terms of speech accuracy and number of error patterns suppressed. However, there was no difference between the progress of the two groups. Follow-up assessment of 14 of the 19 children indicated maintenance of progress by both groups. Reasons for the lack of difference between the groups in the current study are considered and clinical implications are drawn.
Keyword Minimal pairs
Target selection
Phonological therapy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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